Difference Between Floribunda & Grandiflora Roses

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A rose is a rose, you may think, but this simply isn't true. That beautiful rose growing in your garden may be a Floribunda or Grandiflora. Both are hybrid cultivars, and each has its own distinct characteristics.

Floribunda Facts

  • The Floribunda rose is a hybrid created by crossing hybrid tea roses with polyanthas. Floribunda roses present clusters of two to three blooms and grow as compact bushes ranging from 2 to 4 feet tall, depending on the variety. These roses are not favored in cut arrangements but will provide a garden with blossoms all season long.

Popular Floribundas

  • Angel Face: lavender and ruby blooms with a strong scent.
    Pretty Lady: creamy white blooms with a slight scent.
    Iceberg: pure white blooms with a mild scent.

Grandiflora Facts

  • The Grandiflora rose is a hybrid created by crossing hybrid tea roses with Floribunda roses. Grandiflora roses are recognized for their larger, single blooms on longer stems. A Grandiflora rose bush will range between 4 and 6 feet tall. The blooms on a Grandiflora rose are traditionally used in cut arrangements.

Popular Grandifloras

  • About Face: golden orange/red reverse blooms with a light scent.
    Crimson Bouquet: velvet red blooms with a slight scent.
    Queen Elizabeth: clear pink blooms with a moderate tea scent.

Choosing

  • Floribunda roses are better suited as hedges or borders, and Grandifloras shine as a focal point. Both roses will add colorful blooms and heady scents to the garden. A mixture of varieties from the two cultivars would provide a lovely balance.

References

  • "Complete Roses: Featuring 100 Easy-Growing Favorites"; Field Roebuck; 2007
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